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Market Outlook - October 20, 2011

Heirloom Beans

This week we introduce a line of locally grown dried heirloom beans from Mohr - Fry Ranch. The beans were all planted this year in late winter or early spring and harvested within the last month and we are very pleased to offer our customers this unique line of 'fresh' dried beans. The beans are packaged under the 'Elegant Bean' brand and are available in 5# bags. We are now stocking the following varieties:


  • Black Valentine - Medium size black bean, turning purple - black when cooked. Meaty texture, nutty flavor, cooks quickly. Black beans are considered to be the healthiest of all beans.
  • Christmas Lima - Large, flat bean, bicolor - cream with maroon splotches. Buttery texture, chestnut - like flavor.
  • Green Blackeye Peas (Beans) - Small, light green bean with distinctive black mark at sprouting point. Used extensively in Caribbean and African cooking. Earthy sweet flavor, buttery texture.
  • Green Flageolet - Small pale green bean used extensively in French cooking, particularly in cassoulets. Holds shape well when cooked.
  • Hidatsu Red - A Native American bean originally from North Dakota. Medium size, dark red, similar in texture to kidney bean, nutty flavor.
  • Pebbles - Looking like a collection of several small beans with different colors ranging from white to black, but all from a single plant. Tender skin. Mild flavors. Excellent in salads.
  • Pigeon Peas (Beans) - Small bean, beige color with brown speckles, sweet flavor. Used extensively throughout Caribbean countries.
  • Runner Cannellini - Large, flat white bean, popular in Italian and Greek. Very smooth texture, full body, nutty flavor.
  • Snow Cap - Beautiful bean, bicolor, creamy white/tan. Retains markings after cooking, creamy texture.
  • Sunset Runner - Medium size purple, black bean. Creamy texture, distinct flavor, excellent when used as baked bean.
  • Mohr - Fry Heirloom Beans - 5# - $14.75.